This is a look behind the scenes at how the stories of my second collection, A Succubus for Valentine's Day, came to be. The first part is here.
The Spiders of Thomisoidus
I’m not entirely sure where this came from. Spiders and silk work well with bondage fantasies and a planet full of sexy babes is a classic sci-fi fantasy. Also the intro allowed me to have fun with a character bemoaning his lot after being suckered into taking a contract on a pleasure world that doesn’t really live up to expectations. The teasing, stop-start nature of the sex scene was also highly pleasurable to write.
Delivery Special Soap
This is another story to indulge my fetish for soapland-style mat play. It’s heavily influenced by Yoshiaki Kawajiri’s Wicked City (anyone who’s seen the anime will know the scene). I was starting to think about how my story universe worked and how the various monster girl demons interacted with each other. As the demons are operating under a kind of masquerade, it made sense for them to have rules to prevent the sort of overt conflict that would attract the attention of the human authorities. It also made sense that Inari would know how to work these rules to her advantage and by including a reference to her I could also hint at a larger story taking place beneath these short stories.
Knight vs. Succubus
This story has an interesting tale behind it. I was asked by a developer working on a succubus game to write a story that would help publicise the finished game (sadly, I don’t think it was ever finished). My first attempt was this story, which was rejected for being too dark. I liked the story and then had an idea for another loosely connected series of “X vs Succubus”. The connection is largely restricted to the title. This is a much darker tale than the tongue-in-cheek “Slayer vs Succubus”. It’s also one of the few times I’ve felt guilty about offing the protagonist.
I think the initial idea was a cocky criminal bound to a chair and at the mercy of a succubus. I like blending gritty mob tropes with supernatural elements. The story is also a fitting introduction to Koontz’s right hand “man” – Physalia. She’s a much colder and fearsome succubus. As Koontz’s enforcer she’s definitely not to be messed with.
The title is a mashup of interrogation and execution.
Crushed Between Her Breasts
This story came about through an impromptu challenge contest on the Literotica forums. The theme was revenge stories if I remember correctly. I had the idea of a chauvinistic IT manager annoying one of his female workers to the point where they seek external help to teach him a lesson.
Oddly, the double team of Eryx and Eunectis are also part of my recurring roster of characters, although readers wouldn’t know it as those stories are still waiting to be published. Nancy’s debt is still outstanding . . .
I'll post the last part on the remaining stories tomorrow.